Borough to make election results official at meeting

Posted: Monday, October 11, 2004

A resolution certifying the results of the Oct. 5 municipal election, which saw all three incumbents returned to duty on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, will be on Tuesday's assembly agenda, along with a host of other measures up for final passage or introduction.

Assembly members Gary Superman of Nikiski, Paul Fischer of Kasilof and Pete Sprague of Soldotna, the body's current president, all defeated challengers in last week's balloting.

Resolution 2004-099 will affirm the election results.

Several ordinances are scheduled for public hearings.

Ordinance 2004-19-11 accepts a $6,000 state grant to be used in preparing an all-hazard mitigation plan. The grant comes in addition to grant awards totaling $50,000 already received for developing the plan. A draft of the plan has been reviewed by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The $6,000 will be used to incorporate feedback received from the agencies and to cover costs associated with review and adoption by the borough planning commission and assembly.

Ordinance 2004-33 would formally adopt the final 2004 Kenai Peninsula Borough all-hazard mitigation plan. Another public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 26, at which point there would be a vote to adopt the measure in time for timely submission for final review by FEMA.

Ordinance 2004-30 enacts a chapter of the Kenai Peninsula Borough code, providing a property tax reduction for property affected by disaster.

Ordinance 2004-31 confirms the assessment roll for the Char Subdivision utility special assessment district.

Ordinance 2004-32 amends the borough code requiring a public hearing to be held within a proposed expanded service area prior to adoption of an ordinance expanding any such service area.

The assembly also is expected to take up Resolution 2004-087, or a substitute, which oppose proposed mixing zone revisions to the Alaska Water Quality Standards. Essentially, the original resolution proposed by Milli Martin of Homer addressed changes proposed by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation that would allow wastewater discharges from sewage treatment and industrial facilities to salmon-bearing streams. The areas where treated wastewater mixes with a water body are called mixing zones, Martin pointed out.

The proposed regulations require the department to approve a mixing zone only if it finds that available evidence reasonably demonstrates the zone would not adversely affect the capability of the area to support incubation and rearing capabilities, Martin said.

"However, there is concern that allowing mixing zones in anadromous streams may have unforeseen physical results on the fish, as well as negative impacts on the marketability of Alaska's wild seafood," she said.

Tuesday, Martin likely will propose a substitute resolution that includes clauses recognizing and grandfathering existing discharge permits where spawning has arisen in previously approved mixing zones. Martin said in some cases existing municipal mixing-zone permit holders have faced having their permits revoked or costly upgrades when seeking renewal because salmon have begun spawning in the plant's approved mixing zone.

The city of Soldotna, which operates a wastewater treatment plant with a permit to discharge effluent into a mixing zone, is concerned it might face problems renewing its permits without the proposed amendments.

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